The spirited Australian tennis player, Nick Kyrgios, is leaving no stone unturned in his pursuit of returning to the court, finding inspiration in the remarkable recovery journey of Alexander Zverev.
Kyrgios, once ranked world number 13, underwent knee surgery in January and had to abandon his comeback plans at Wimbledon due to a ligament tear in his wrist. With no specified return date, he conveyed to the Tennis Channel that certain celestial elements needed to align for his comeback.
Expressing his eagerness to resume competitive play, Kyrgios, speaking from the sidelines of the ATP Finals in Turin, where he made his commentary box debut, shared, "After last year, I had such a great year, and I'm so hungry to get back out there. So I'm doing everything I can to get back out there. Obviously, you know how injuries are every day, just doing the rehab, doing the gym work."
Kyrgios made his commentary debut during the Zverev and Daniil Medvedev clash and pointed to Zverev as a source of inspiration in his recovery journey. Acknowledging Zverev's renowned work ethic, Kyrgios remarked, "He ticks all the boxes, and if someone like that can come back from an injury like that, I think that's what I have to draw inspiration from for sure."
Zverev faced a severe ankle injury in the previous year's French Open semi-final against Rafael Nadal. Despite surgery and complications disrupting his 2022 season, Zverev made a resilient comeback and has once again secured a spot inside the top 10.
In an earlier interview with Australia's Nine Network, Kyrgios emphasised that winning a Grand Slam remains his primary motivation. Reflecting on his close defeat to Novak Djokovic in the 2022 Wimbledon final, he stated, "I want to just be able to say I won one Grand Slam, singles, before I retire." Wimbledon holds a special place in Kyrgios's ambitions, as he expressed, "That's the one I want to win, and I was really close, and I said I've still got that taste in my mouth of unfinished business. So I'm gonna try my best to get back there."